Researchers Discover Why Some of Us Can Remember Our Dreams While Others Can’t

By: | February 18th, 2016

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Dreams can be fun, romantic, entertaining, disturbing, frightening, and even bizarre sometimes.

As per studies, it is estimated that everyone has a dream between 3 to 6 times per night. While most of us may not remember dreaming at all, some can recall their dreams in the morning.

Researchers from the Lyon Neuroscience Research Centre in France conducted a study on the brain activity of two different types of dreamers.

They measured the brain activity of 41 volunteers while they were awake and asleep to find out that a certain region of the brain is responsible for remembering that which we dream about.

High dream recallers, who could recall their dreams over five mornings per week on average, showed stronger brain activity in the temporoparietal junction (TPJ), an area of the brain involved in processing information, including external stimuli…allowing them to recall their dreaming in the morning.

Surprisingly the people who remembered their dreams were more prone to waking up during the night which meant they were able to cement what they dreamt about into memory

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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